The Planning and Inventory Manager’s role is to oversee, supervise, and participate in the planning, production, organization, and distribution of materials throughout the company in an engineer to order environment. The planning and inventory departments process engineering releases and ongoing changes to live production orders, purchase requests, and inventory “pick lists." The two departments also schedule and execute transportation and subcontracting processes, ship and receive, audit, and prepare project kits for the manufacturing and customer service departments. The position also entails data acquisition and creation of reports for management to analyze and utilize for strategic business decisions.
- The Planning and Inventory Manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee successful parts planning implementation from project inception through all processes up to but not ending at product shipment.
- Manage the inventory within established parameters and strive to ensure a high level of accuracy through cycle counting and annual auditing. (95% + accuracy).
- Manage the kitting process with the objective of providing the highest possible accuracy and by the targeted due dates in an “Engineer to Order” factory production model.
- Manage ERP Software (Jobscope) at a high level (Power User). Maintain “part master” records, part “methods of manufacture” (MoM), costing methods, “bill of material” (BoM) exports and analysis. Lead ERP software module development and go-live deployment within the company. Work closely with the ERP vendor to develop new software processes and resolve any issues pertaining to software performance.
- Active member in the overall ERP Software maintenance, coordination, strategic utilization and development with the ERP Software provider.
- Work closely with Engineering, Manufacturing, and Purchasing to input planning dates to meet business objectives.
- Responsible for managing the personnel in: planning, subcontracted parts processing, receiving, transport, stockroom, and shipping.
- Design / prepare regular reports on project parts / kitting status, schedules, capacity planning, delivery, costs, inventory status, cycle counts, obsolescence.
- Drive improvement activity to achieve greater efficiency and consequently cost reduction.
- Preferably a Bachelor’s Degree with 5 years’ experience, but an Associate’s Degree and at least 10 years’ experience in Production Planning and Materials Management.
- Supervisory experience and well developed management skills.
- Detailed knowledge of how ERP / Inventory Control systems work and can be most effectively used.
- Experience with Jobscope ERP software preferred.
- Practical experience gained in a mechanical assembly / machining environment.
- Understanding of Mechanical and assembly drawings and onscreen 3D model interpretation skill sets.
- Understanding of shipping packages and freight, nationally and internationally.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Persistence, determination and a desire to get the job done
- Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Outlook, Word and an expert in Excel
- Work as part of a team and the need to be flexible
- The ability to work in an organized manner, multi task as required and be able to cope with high pressure on occasions
- Understanding of lean manufacturing training and a knowledge of 6 Sigma principles an advantage